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Sudan protesters block attempt to break up sit

Sudan protesters block attempt to break up sit

Demonstrators have staged a sit-in outside the main army headquarters as part of protests against longtime President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted by the military last week after three decades in power.

Sudanese protesters have moved to block an apparent attempt to break up their sit-in outside the defence ministry in Khartoum, where demonstrators have been pushing for a quick transition to civilian rule after Omar al-Bashir was ousted as president, a witness has said.

Speaking for the first time since the removal of Bashir, 75, last Thursday, representatives of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) said they would not co-operate with the ruling council unless their demands were met. We urge everyone to head immediately towards the sit-in to defend your revolution and gains.

The military council however met with political parties on Sunday, urging them to agree on an "independent figure" to be prime minister, an AFP correspondent at the meeting said.

During the meeting, Daqlo briefed the US envoy on developments in Sudan and the reasons behind the formation of the transitional military council, the council said in a statement.

Sudanese demonstrators march with national flags as they gather during a rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy, outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

The protesters say they can not believe the transitional military council's promise of easing its grip on the country.

"The key demand is the formation of a civil council to guarantee that the revolution is safeguarded and all the goals are achieved".

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The RSF was on Monday accused by protesters present at the sit-in of attempting to break up the sit-in.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Khartoum, said the recent concessions by Sudan's military rulers had failed to win over protesters, many of whom remain distrustful of the higher echelons of the country's armed forces due to their historical links to al-Bashir's former administration.

Sudan's Defense minister, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, said a transitional military council will run the government for the next two years. In some videos the protesters chant "Revolution", as well as slogans against al-Bashir's Islamist supporters. The military said he was removed from power in response to the demands of the people.

The sit-in outside the compound, which also includes the intelligence headquarters and the presidential residence, began on April 6, after more than three months of protests triggered by a deepening economic crisis.

On Monday the military council said it was restructuring the joint forces command, appointing a new chief of staff for the army and a deputy.

There has been no mention of the reasons why they were picked up and who exactly had been arrested.

Siddiq said on Twitter he had also requested the reform of the NISS and the release of detainees, as well as the cancellation of all bureaucracy and permits for delivering humanitarian aid.

Himeidti is also the head of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary anti-insurgency force with its origins in the Janjaweed militias of the Darfur conflict.